So here’s my second go at foodiepenpals, I’d made a couple of mistakes last time not thinking about postage and containers to pack things in although overall I think it went well, but this is a new month with a new penpal. This month was a bit tricky I had Mandy who lives in Devon and has a lovely food blog, she’s much better at me with it and inspires me to post more often.
She’s a bit of a tricky customer as her dietary requirements were “no sugar (inc fruit), gluten or dairy, no rye, oats or corn”. She also doesn’t like anything soya, strawberry flavoured or banana, and on a coffee ban. Wow!
So luckily she did give me some tips on what she did like so I went off to one of my favourite Japanese shops in Soho called Arigato, I picked up some wasabi and a pack to make your own sushi.
Controversial but I also bought some miso soup, I love it but it did go against the list of likes and dislikes on soya but I love it so thought that maybe Mandy might give it a go. I like that it’s in individual packets so I use it all the time and can take it with me to college and things.
Then I nipped across the road to Whole Foods as I wanted to hunt down something sweet but sugar free. I found something called Raw which claimed to be yummy and chocolate but also sugar free, wheat free, everything free. I picked up one of these for myself to try and I must admit it wasn’t for me but I like the idea of healthy treats so maybe I will investigate further.
From my personal stash I put in the box some coconut tea which I got last year I love it so refreshing. I also gave her a recipe for Suya chicken and some Suya powder which is something we got ground up when we went to Nigeria earlier this year. It’s a lovely flavour. The lemongrass I gave my previous penpal went down well so i gave a little bit of that. Here’s the box I sent out, cute huh.
Then a few days later my box arrived! And my wasn’t it pretty. Carol Anne had wrapped up a lovely box for me and posted it early! She’s the one who started the whole Foodie Penpals thing in Europe so I was excited to see what she would send. She has a great foodie blog that covers lots of lovely things to make including some of the things she’s sent me.
There was a whole host of things in it, I was surprised at what a tenner can buy you in Scotland. I received a few sweeties; a flump, a caramel wafer and Lee’s Macaroon. Apparently these are all Scottish institutions so I shared them with Ben to see what he thought, although I really enjoyed the wafer and flump I think the macaroon was SO sweet it made my teeth ache.
I got a lovely ice cube tray which I used at the supper club on Saturday it’s cute and novelty as Carol Anne said “the wee penguins are adorable”
I also got some novelty candles which change colour, we had a birthday guest at the supper club on Saturday and she was really happy with the surprise of candles and the whole table singing happy birthday. I like the different coloured flames makes it a bit different. Will be filing those away for future use.
Carol Anne also made two treats for me some crystallised ginger and hot pepper sauce. I can confirm the sauce is pretty lively and the ginger tasty. I like that she made me some bits, it’s lovely to have homemade things. I have two things that I’m yet to try from the box one is the trademark of Carol Anne’s blog Black sea Salt and the other is Malt Salt, I’m hoping to find a recipe soon that I will be able to use them both on, very exciting having some new ingredients.
I’m having to sit out the next foodie penpals as I’m going to be away on a college trip to Wales for a week (which I will blog about as it should be amazing) but I’m sure I’ll really miss getting a lovely parcel and packing up some goodies.